‘I’ve Got Their Back’: Trace Adkins Gears Up to Perform a USO Show at Fort Hood

Multi-platinum country music recording artist, Trace Adkins. Photo courtesy Trace Adkins

Multi-platinum country music recording artist Trace Adkins. Courtesy photo

When Trace Adkins steps off stage after performing in Fort Hood, Texas, this Saturday, he knows he will feel the guilt. It’s a guilt the eight-time USO tour veteran says he feels after every USO show.

“You’ll never find a more appreciative audience than the members of the military,” Adkins said. “Every USO tour I’ve been on, I leave there feeling a little guilty every time. I always feel like they gave me more than I gave them. And it’s always felt like that.”

The multi-platinum country artist, who previously performed at Fort Hood during the 2010 WWE and NBC ‘Tribute to the Troops,’ says there’s something special about entertaining troops and their families that he’s looking forward to experiencing again at Saturday’s show, sponsored by PenFed Credit Union.

“[The band] just play[s] and we’ll dance and sing and laugh and clap and all have a good time, you know?” Adkins said. “And just, for a few minutes [the troops] get to just be at a concert. And not have to worry too much about the day gig.”

In addition to providing troops with an escape, Adkins, who’s entertained over 39,700 military family members on USO tours since 2002, hopes that his concerts give military members, especially those deployed overseas, a much-needed taste of home.

“Hopefully we’ll do something, we’ll do a hit that they were listening to on the radio when they were riding around in the truck in their hometown,” Adkins said. “And those kind of things trigger memories for people and make them feel just a little closer to home. You know? That’s what we hope to be able to bring them.”

Most importantly, Adkins, who’s smash hits include “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” says that he hopes troops who attend Saturday’s show will leave with their morale boosted and smiles on their faces.

“I just want them to know that I support them 100 percent. That I’ve got their back,” Adkins said. “They’ve always had mine.”

Trace Adkins to Perform Welcome Home Concert at Fort Benning

In 2008 Trace Adkins returned to the Persian Gulf to entertain the troops with a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment Tour. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

If you’re in the Fort Benning area, be sure to catch  country music star Trace Adkins on Friday., November 5, for a FREE USO concert!

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., and will help welcome home more than 4,500 soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division who just completed a year-long deployment in Iraq.  It’s open open to all military ID holders and will take place at Wetherby Field.

A long time supporter of the U.S. military, Adkins has traveled on two USO tours since 2002 and performed for more than 7,800 troops stationed in Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan.  He also makes regular visits to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center.

Check out his latest TV appearance on “Chelsea Lately,” below, and mark your calendars for 7:00 p.m. on November 5th…we’ll see you there!

Trace Adkins Heads Back On Tour

Trace Adkins performs for troops in the Persian Gulf during his last USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)

County music superstar, 2009 USO Gala performer, and recipient of the 2007 USO Merit Award and the Wounded Warrior Project’s 2010 Talkhouse Award…is there anything Trace Adkins can’t do?  Adkins recently announced his third USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East.  Since 2002, Trace he’s performed for over 7,800 troops in the region.

Adkins has long been a supporter of the troops, as he explained to TheBoot.com in 2008 before his last USO trip: “I’m really humbled by the opportunity to spend more time with our nation’s finest,” the singer says proudly. “This is such an honor for me to be able to visit with our military and tell them how much we truly appreciate all the sacrifices they make for our country and our freedom.”

On CNN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade, Adkins gave a shout-out to the troops from backstage at the grand re-opening of the Opry House in Nashville.  You can view that below, along with his appearance last week on the Jimmy Fallon show.  Fast forward to the 36 minute mark to see his performance!

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Trace Adkins Visits Wounded Troops

Trace Adkins performs with the West Point Cadet Glee Club at the 2009 USO Gala. (USO Photo by Dennis Brack)

Country music star Trace Adkins is a huge supporter of the USO.  From performing live with the West Point Cadet Glee Club at the 2009 USO Gala in Washington, DC to visiting wounded troops as part of his work with USO of Metropolitan Washington’s (USO-Metro) celebrity handshake tours at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Adkins never hesitates to show he cares.

On Friday, January 29, Adkins sat down for an interview with WMZQ’s “The Boxer Show,” where he had this to say: “It’s awe-inspiring, it’s overwhelming at times,” said Trace Adkins when asked about his experience participating in celebrity handshake tours at area military hospitals. He added, “You are in the presence of heroes, and the courage and determination that those men and women show is humbling. It’s an honor to get to do that.”

Click here to listen to the interview with Trace Adkins on WMZQ!

Trace Adkins shows his support with Handshake Tours, sponsored by USO of Metropolitan Washington. (USO Photo by Crystal Benton)

These handshake tours boost morale and provide a celebrity tour of a different kind to Troops who are recovering from their injuries – the families and friends who care for them.  Last year alone, USO-Metro hosted over 130 entertainers on these tours at area military hospitals, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Center and Warrior Transition Units at Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir and the McGuire Richmond VAMC.

We are grateful for the tireless work of Trace Adkins…and we love his music!  To show your support, and to learn more about USO of Metropolitan Washington, please visit www.usometro.org.